On January 25th, the McAllen City Commission proclaimed February 5th, 2016 as “National Wear Red Day” at their City Commission meeting. The proclamation was read and presented by City Commissioner Trey Pebley and AHA volunteer, Mario Reyna from the McAllen ISD, accepted the proclamation on behalf of AHA.
McAllen went red, but we also need them to go smoke-free! While heart disease is the #1 killer of women, 80% of deaths related to heart disease can be prevented with lifestyle changes. During the presentation, AHA Senior Local Policy Manager Jerry Saavedra spoke specifically about the connection between exposure to secondhand smoke and heart disease. Secondhand tobacco smoke contributes to approximately 34,000 premature heart disease deaths every year. In addition, studies show that the risk of developing heart disease is about 25-30 percent higher among people exposed to environmental tobacco smoke at home or work.
We know a smoke-free ordinance would dramatically improve the heart health McAllen residents and workers, but we need your help to make it happen! If you want to get involved with smoke-free efforts in McAllen, email Jerry Saavedra (Jerry.Saavedra@heart.org)